Judy here, back with another feeding therapy tip! Many families like baking cookies from scratch around the holidays - perhaps it's something you did with your family growing up, and hopefully you have positive memories of the experience!
Did you know that baking holiday cookies is also an amazing sensory, fine/large motor, and life skill activity that I actually use with some feeding therapy clients? Check out these images of me doing this with a client!
Baking cookies from scratch can be especially helpful for kids who hate touching gooey textures or getting their hands messy.
A few tips:
Activities you can give your child to do, depending on age and comfort level:
How can you make this a success?
You can start baking with kids starting at 16 to 18 months old, or even younger if your child is interested! They will be touching (and eventually eating) various textures, which makes great sensory play. Your child will also be practicing fine and large motor development, math, communication/language, following directions/sequencing, and patience. Most of all, you are encouraging independence, a love for cooking, and making memories as a family!